Chairman of the Surulere Local Government Area of Lagos state, Mr Tajudeen Ajide has been suspended over allegations of fund misappropriations as well as abuse of office.
The decision was unanimously taken by all nine councillors during a plenary held on Friday.
The nine councillors include Messrs Akande Barakat; Adebisi David; Fasasi Ajenifuja; Phillips Emmanuel; Otinwa Eric; Ijitola Emmanuel; Kareem Abiodun; Ajala Yusuf and Kazeem Bello
As contained in the statement issued after the session, the council announced that Ajide will remain suspended pending the investigations of the alleged crimes.
Among other accusations against the chairman, the lawmakers said Ajide had refused to provide needed documents/records to the house to enable the council to carry out its oversight function.
They explained that following findings that “the sum of N60 million which was not budgeted for in the year 2020” was spent by the chairman “on the pretence of variation on the construction of Primary Health Centre at Akerele”, they invited him on three separate occasions but he ignored the calls.
“Our findings show that 95 per cent of the contracts of the Local Government was been executed by two contractors (Olupopson Construction Limited and Serial Touch Limited) while they later executed 90 per cent of the council contracts.
“Bogus and overinflated contracts on the purchase of official vehicles for the legislative Arm which will have a financial burden on the Councillors when boarding. Appropriating funds for the purchase of two buses for the legislative Arms without purchase among other atrocity.
“We, hereby, pass a vote of no confidence followed by suspension on the Executive Chairman, Mr Tajudeen Ajide,” the nine councillors pronounced.